This Lola is not a show girl

The hot weather is continuing here, but we have normally ignored this in order to carry on with the internal refurbishments.  However, this week I have cracked and done some landscaping, because the wind has changed!

I feel like I am washing my dirty laundry in public…

You see above the view from the upper level to the lower level by the river, where you may notice some trees and branches laying in the pathway.

…by showing how much junk there is on site….

Above, you can see some of the Rhododendron ponticum cut last year and left to dry out, ready for burning.  However, off-shot to the right are our beehives and we cannot normally burn the waste here as the smoke would usually blow straight towards the hives.  Fortunately, over the last week, the wind has changed direction so we have had a day or two when we could burn without fear of upsetting our little critters.  We have managed, having cleared the branches away, to remove a lot of the old cans / bottles / plastic / tyres etc to a proper receptacle for such rubbish.

…but not for much longer!

We have quite a volume of waste clippings in stacks waiting to be burned, so this might not be the only bonfire we have whilst the wind remains in a favourable direction.

See how the smoke is not blowing towards me

I have to tell you – it is hot enough here without the fire and having to wear the overalls, but we are bravely soldiering on.  In fact, I may have soldiered on too far.  On Friday, I stoked the fire by dragging branches onto it after spending all morning walking with my welsh class.  On Saturday,  my energy had obviously packed up and run away for the day.  You might be able to see that when Mike collected our new dog on Saturday, I couldn’t quite find the energy to get out of the chair and you may also notice I was wearing a winter weight jumper, and was still cold!  In this heat!!

Lola has arrived

 

Lola’s Facebook mug shot

She is a very pretty girl, though.  About 8 months old, and we are her second home, so let’s hope she settles in well.  She and the cat have already had a brief encounter so we will have to hope those two can agree to disagree peacefully.

One wall (really three surfaces) now plastered

What about the refurbishments, I hear you cry?  Mike has continued to plasterboard and then skim and is now working on the lounge on floor 3.  Here we see he has plastered one wall…

and one ceiling plastered too

…and here was can see the ceiling has also been plastered.  We are kind of guessing you might have seen plenty of photos of this kind by now, but hope to be posting something slightly more thrilling at some point.

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